National Geographic to host workshop in Saint Lucia

Participants will learn the complexities of advanced photography at Anse Chastanet.

Joe McNally, one of the world’s most accomplished photographers, will be hosting a master class at the Anse Chastanet Resort for National Geographic Expeditions.

McNally, who will be leading the classes at the eco-friendly resort, boasts a career that includes assignments in more than 50 countries. He has contributed to the National Geographic magazine for more than three decades, and has been described by American Photo magazine as “perhaps the most versatile photojournalist working today.” He is included in the American Photo list of the “100 Most Important People in Photography,” was honoured as a Nikon “Legend Behind the Lens” and voted one of the 30 most influential photographers of the decade by Photo District News.

The “Advanced Photography and Lighting Workshop” session will tutor 16 advanced photographers and National Geographic photography workshop alumni. McNally will deliver lectures and guide participants through the complexities of advanced photography while taking them through the sprawling Anse Chastanet property, with its tropical rainforest, organic farm, and jungle bike trails.

National Geographic Expeditions said it chose Anse Chastanet because the resort is “blanketed in lush jungles, edged by luminous sandy beaches, and crowned by the staggering twin peaks of its iconic Pitons.”

The six-day workshop is designed to ensure that participants benefit from daily instruction and critiques of their photographs. Attendees will also learn the fundamentals of artificial lighting and move to advanced techniques to take their skills to the next level, working hands-on with all manner of small flash techniques, from high speed flash to multiple speed light interiors.

McNally has stated that he wants students to capture the Caribbean spirit of Saint Lucia. The photography workshop will be held from Oct. 10 – 15.


  1. anonymity
    May 4, 2017 at 8:47 am

    What if I am interested in this? how do I get more information? Or is it that the participants are already chosen??

    1. SD
      May 4, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      After contacting the group via their website for costing for locals, I received this response:


      The St. Lucia workshop with National Geographic Expeditions is being offered for the first time in 2017. We definitely invite Saint Lucia residents to attend the workshop at the Anse Castanet Resort. The credit for locals who do not stay at the hotel is $1,320.00 USD. Your Expedition Cost would be $4375.00 USD. We are sorry that we are not able to discount the workshop further, beyond the cost of the hotel stay.

      If you have additional questions about our Photography Workshops, please contact me at 1-866-797-4686.

      All National Geographic Photography Workshops, Expeditions, and Adventures are online at Questions regarding Expeditions may be directed to 1-888-966-8687 and Adventures to 1-888-689-2557.


      Anne Fuller,

  2. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 9:20 am

    It seems that it’s a National Geographic affair that’s happening in St Lucia.
    NB quoted from above:
    “Joe McNally, one of the world’s most accomplished photographers, will be hosting a master class at the Anse Chastanet Resort for National Geographic Expeditions.”

  3. Anon1
    May 4, 2017 at 9:24 am

    “The Spirit of St Lucia – Bounty Rum”

    “anonymity” has the thought of calling the hotel to see if they might be able to answer crossed your mind!

  4. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 9:45 am

    At a time when the country about to build a dolphin park

  5. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Must be some kind of elite photography workshop given the venue. Any chance of knowledge transfer for the local maleway amateur photographer?

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